Favorite Movies of All Time: 60-51


Over the past few years I’ve made a concerted effort to watch lots of movies considered to be among the best of all time.  Now, for the first time, I’ve made my own list of favorite movies of all time.  Every other Wednesday throughout 2022, I will be revealing ten movies in my list of 250 Favorite Movies of All Time.

250-241 200-190 150-141 100-91
240-231 190-181 140-131 90-81
230-221 180-171 130-121 80-71
220-211 170-161 120-111 70-61
210-201 160-151 110-101

60

Title: Hamilton 
Director: Thomas Kail
Cast: Daveed Diggs, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Jonathan Groff, Christopher Jackson, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr., Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, and Phillipa Soo
Year: 2020
When did I first watch this movie?: July 4, 2020
Why is this one of my all time favorites?: This is kind of a cheat, but since I’m unlikely to ever make a All Time Favorite Musical Theater list, it’s a worthy inclusion here.  Besides, the direction of the camerawork does a great job of introducing the filmic to this staged performance.


59

Title: Camelot 
Director: Marty Callner
Cast: Richard Harris, Meg Bussert, Richard Muenz, Barrie Ingham, and Thor Fields
Year:1982
When did I first watch this movie?: mid-80s
Why is this one of my all time favorites?: Speaking of stage musicals on film,  this HBO production introduced me to Camelot, Richard Harris, and a love of musical theater in general so it will always hold a place in my heart.


58

Title: Apollo 11
Director: Todd Douglas Miller
Cast: Edwin Aldrin. Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, Charles Duke, and Bruce McCandless
Year: 2019
When did I first watch this movie?: April 2020
Why is this one of my all time favorites?: Archival footage, including previously unreleased 70mm film, brings to life the daring adventure of humanity visiting another world for the first time.  I still need to see this on a big screen one day.


57

Title: Up 
Director: Pete Docter
Cast: Ed Asner, Christopher Plummer, Jordan Nagai, and Bob Peterson
Year: 2009
When did I first watch this movie?: September 2010
Why is this one of my all time favorites?: The Pixar formula of clever humor, stunning visuals, and tearjerking emotion at its peak.  And that’s just the first ten minutes.


56

Title: Roman Holiday
Director: William Wyler
Cast: Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn
Year:1953
When did I first watch this movie?: January 2003
Why is this one of my all time favorites?: Hepburn’s Hollywood debut is a fun romp in the Eternal City tinged with the melancholy of an impossible love.


55

Title: The Secret of Kells 
Director: Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey
Cast: Evan McGuire, Brendan Gleeson, Christen Mooney, Mick Lally, Michael McGrath, Liam Hourican, Paul Tylak, and Paul Young
Year: 2009
When did I first watch this movie?: February 2011
Why is this one of my all time favorites?: Tomm Moore and Cartoon Salon have made some of the most visually-inventive animated films of recent years drawing on the inspiration of Japanese anime and ancient Celtic art to illustrate stories rooted in Irish folklore.


54

Title  Harlan County, U.S.A. 
Director: Barbara Kopple
Cast: Documentary
Year: 1976
When did I first watch this movie?: April 2020
Why is this one of my all time favorites?: My grandfather and his family worked the coal mines of Pennsylvania, so I’ve always been drawn to the stories of miners and their frequently dangerous work. This documentary focuses on the 1973 Brookside Strike in Kentucky organized by miners against their exploitation by the Duke Power Company.


53

Title: The Wrong Trousers 
Director: Nick Park
Cast: Peter Sallis
Year: 1993
When did I first watch this movie?: 1993
Why is this one of my all time favorites?: Peak Wallace & Gromit!


52

Title: The Big Short 
Director: Adam McKay
Cast: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt,  Melissa Leo, Hamish Linklater, John Magaro, Rafe Spall, Jeremy Strong, Finn Wittrock, and Marisa Tomei
Year: 2015
When did I first watch this movie?: June 2016
Why is this one of my all time favorites?: The adaptation of Michael Lewis’ book about the  figures in the credit default swap market who caused the Great Recession should not make for an entertaining film, nor one that made me weep openly in the theater at its conclusion.


51

Title: Wolfwalkers
Director: Tomm Moore
Cast:Honor Kneafsey, Eva Whittaker, Sean Bean, Simon McBurney, Tommy Tiernan, Jon Kenny, John Morton,  and Maria Doyle Kennedy
Year: 2020
When did I first watch this movie?: April 2021
Why is this one of my all time favorites?: The most recent installment in Moore’s “Irish Folklore Trilogy” brings together the conquest of Ireland by the Commonwealth of England with the Irish legends of women who become wolves with a stunning visual flair.